By: Patricia Kusumaningtyas |
Riot grrrl pioneers Sleater-Kinney came back from their slumber in 2015, releasing No Cities to Love after a 10-year hiatus. Four years after their release, it seems like they’re returning stronger than ever. Sleater-Kinney released their new single, “Hurry on Home,” after announcing that they’re back in the studio with indie rock icon St. Vincent taking on production duties. The single shows that the band, which started in the 90s, is ready to tackle new eras and sounds of the 2010s.
With “Hurry on Home,” Sleater-Kinney experiments with new sounds. With St. Vincent on board, it is obvious to notice some of her signature quirks in the single. “Hurry on Home” starts with vocalist Corin Tucker harmonizing a cappella with her usual rasp, then, this sound is interpolated throughout the track. This sound is something we hear often in St. Vincent’s body of work. We also hear a lot of vocal layering and screaming, something also familiar in St. Vincent’s music. The vocalization on the start of the song is followed by a consistent, strong guitar riff together with a solid bass drum beat; Sleater-Kinney is definitely coming in strong with the start of their new album-tour era.
“Hurry on Home” still carries some of Sleater-Kinney’s signature sound. Throughout the song we can hear multiple guitar riffs interlaced and layered between each other—even featuring a guitar solo near the end. The lyrics work as a mantra throughout the song, starting from pieces of lyrics they’ve teased with their promotional material in the past few days (“You know I’m unfuckable / Unloveable / Unlistenable / Unwatchable”) and their incantation of “You got me used to loving you” that trails off until the end of the song. The mantra-like delivery of the lyrics complement the strong guitars and drums really well.
“Hurry on Home” balances Sleater-Kinney’s original sound and experimentation with new sounds, showing that they’re not just creating music from a bygone era—they’ve awoken from their slumber and reinventing the times. The music video for the single, directed by Miranda July, shows the lyrics as a conversation through text, and displays the user searching for answers through YouTube searches, tarot, and I Ching apps. The video relates back to the music; how are we still confused in a world where everything is connected, and how do we catch up with the times?